Stress Less Parenting

Bringing the joy back to parenting your children.

Putting more “simple” and “natural” into your life

We all want products that are safe and effective. Did you know you can make your own shampoo, liquid hand soap, and hair conditioner?

What toxins are lurking in your shampoo? If you see things such as dioxane, glycol, peg, amodlmethlcone or ammonium laureth sulfate listed on the back of your shampoo or conditioner, be aware these are toxic ingredients. Why do companies use them? Because they work. They can give a smooth finish to your hair, make it shine, get rid of dandruff or make your hair soft.

Here is a recipe for a natural rose and peppermint shampoo using Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap. Add six drops of peppermint essential oil, six drops of rose essential oil and three drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil will make sure you never get dandruff.
For a moisturizer, add 1 teaspoon of pure olive oil. Add two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin if you would like some suds. I bought a pretty container for my shampoo. Mix your ingredients and you have a product that really works.

You can make a gallon of dish soap for 50 cents. How about a rosemary-mint essential oil dish liquid that melts cooked-on food on skillets?

Buy a pretty bottle or other container. Pour in 1⁄4 cup vegetable glycerin, 1⁄4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap, six to eight drops of rosemary essential oil, six drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 tablespoon sunflower oil to moisturize and 2 teaspoons of Bliss Soapy Suds. Fill with water and shake well.

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Your Own Worst Parenting Critic

As your child zooms into new situations — taking you along with her — it’s easy to sometimes feel like you can’t keep up. Are you making the right decisions? Enforcing the rules consistently? Did you handle that meltdown at the birthday party the right way?

It helps to know that everybody second-guesses their parenting at times. And most parents are their own worst critics. You may take one look at your messy house and mound of laundry — or make one visit to a fast-food drive-through for dinner — and feel like a flop.

Instead of beating yourself up, focus on all the things that are going well in terms of your child’s well-being and development. It’s the big picture that counts.

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